Possibly he feared it might fall into the hands of a servant.
Because in your heart and at your core you are a servant of democracy, Joe.
A servant said Eunice had told them to just take anything handy.
God shall enlarge Japheth, And he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; And Canaan shall be his servant.
I exist merely as meat for the hungry wolf, an incubator for his progeny and a servant to his needs.
And how can she imagine that a servant would do it as well as you?
His meal over, he saw to his beasts, then had a servant take his baggage to his room.
Young man and servant passed out and into the passage beyond.
To think of Debby being the servant of poor Mr. Krill as was killed.
Entering and knocking at the door, they were met by a servant girl.
c.1200, "personal or domestic attendant," from Old French servant "servant; foot-soldier," noun use of servant "serving, waiting," present participle of servir "to attend, wait upon" (see serve (v.)).
Meaning "professed lover, one devoted to the service of a lady" is from mid-14c. In North American colonies and U.S., the usual designation for "slave" 17c.-18c. (in 14c.-15c. and later in Biblical translations the word often was used to render Latin servus, Greek doulos "slave"). Public servant is attested from 1670s.